I live in east coast CAN. Lousy ,long winter, looking forward to vacation, just about done the east USA, where to???, popup trailer(tent trailer) behind, open to suggestions. TA,TA (English Thank you) for all replays.
Work your way down to the Natchez Trace. http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm
Tried driving around the Great Lakes? Even starting with Lake Ontario and driving South and West to follow the south shore would be interesting and probably fun. Take yu a couple of years by the time you finished exploring most of the places ear the lakes. Upper Michigan is beautiful and so are parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Can you offer some guidance about your interests? Scenery? Beaches? Mountains (viewing or climbing)? History? Music (what kind)? Sports (what kind)? Great restaurants (what cuisine, price range)? etc. A mix of a few interests?
Think about your favorite destinations in the eastern US? What did you like best? Or if you prefer, what you would like to do that you haven't done before? Also how much time is available to you, and do you prefer to drive the entire trip?
WOW & WOW again checking my GPS and entering the info, TA and thanks again, LIMEY.(transplanted) now Canadian.
Best driven in the early morning. Lots of wildlife near the road then. Saw flocks of Wild Turkeys and furred wildlife between 7 & 10 AM. They do retreat into the trees fairly early in the day. You may want to consider driving it twice, once southbound and then turn around after a day in Natchez and go north.
Or you could drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, make your way to New Orleans for a few days and then go back north on the Natchez Trace which ends near Nashville, TN
Blue Ridge Parkway, length approx. 470 miles 756 km
Natchez Trace, length 444 miles 715 Km.
In both cases they enforce a fairly low speed limit of 50 Mph or less.
Done the northern route, twice, on trips accros Canada. Nothing between Ottawa and Calagary, great scenery, a lot of wild life, bears, moose, black flies mossys and etc. Hope the southern is more interesting. Definitly on my bucket list, Thanks for reply.
If you have a fair amount of time to recreate, consider the Canadian Rockies between Jasper & Lake Louise.
I have NEVER found a more beautiful area than that in ALL of North America in 50 years of wandering the planet.
Sedona and Flagstaff Arizona. One for your bucket list!
ENCORE. went to a place just north of the park called Graveyard Lake Alberta, very good name for the place. Lucky for us we had had a cooler full of beer, lucky?, because we consumed a considerable amount before bedtime. Do not know what payed a visit during the night, heard nothing. The following morning, cooler total distroyed and the remaining cans looked like what it was tried to eat them. Hope it suffered the headache that we did. Other than that I have to agree with you, the mountains make you feel very humble.
Do not know what payed a visit during the night, heard nothing. The following morning, cooler total distroyed and the remaining cans looked like what it was tried to eat them.
Sounds like it was unBEARable !
Sounds like it was unBEARable !
The headache??????? yes, I still remember. Thanks for the reply.
...is a real nice drive. Very scenic and a lot of stuff to do right off the highway. You, however, won't have to worry about the 50 mph because the government has cut down on road repair. The last time I was on there (which was last fall), I could drive maybe 30-35 mph because of all the potholes. A great drive though. (A few years back, my wife and I drove it from the north end to the south end. Took us 4 days but it was a nice drive.)
For a very different direction and experience, head north to Radisson and Chisasibi. This is about ⅗ of the way up on the east side of James Bay. You'll take the James Bay Road, built to transport the material for construction of the hydro plant. Incredibly desolate. Fascinating story. There is a huge hydroelectric facility in Radisson, the only reason Radisson exists. It's a remarkable place, and you can get a tour of the place, which I highly recommend. You will be stunned and awed. The scale of the place, underground and carved in solid granite, is mind boggling. Produces almost all the electricity for Quebec and exports power as well. You will pass through several small towns, mining towns.
Head to Kentucky and do tours of the distilleries. The history of the area and distilleries is remarkable. Mammoth Caves is nearby, in a relative sense, and is also incredible. Huge caverns.
And you can also tour The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a beautiful and peaceful area, and then get on the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway to head north out of the area. The southern end of the BRP is very nice, and you can also stop at Mt. Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi.
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